For years one of the cool things of working on the LES was Zito's space on Ludlow Street. Outside his gallery there was always art on the street -- mostly portraits on a variety of found materials. Zito always welcomed my students into his oasis. Along with so much of the LES, Zito's space has been a casualty of gentrification, and I miss it. But through August, a series of his work can be viewed on the walls inside the first floor of the Abrons Arts Center. All are painted in hi-gloss enamel on found materials.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.